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Defra shakes up environmental information requirement regime

Defra has launched consultations on a ‘simplified’ business reporting system and a new legislation index.

Under the department’s ‘Smarter Data’ plans, businesses will be asked about the problems they face in reporting to regulators, including under Environmental Permitting Regulations.

This includes information requests made by the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, local authorities (on Defra’s behalf), Natural England, the Food and Environment Research Agency and the Marine Management Organisation.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “Last year, my officials mapped the requests that we make to business and others for environmental information. They found around 250 separate requests which are often overlapping, confusing and overly complicated.

“This unnecessarily increases the costs for business, diverts regulator resource away from tackling real environmental issues and makes it much harder to realise the value of the information collected.”

The department has also launched a prototype index of legislation called Defralex.


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